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James Hartup

James Hartup
b. 11 August 1824, near Economy, Wayne County, Indiana, to James and Mary (Whitinger) Hartup
d. 5 March 1916, Bloomfield, Davis County, Iowa

m. 1 April 1852, Putnam County, Indiana
Mary Margaret Denny
b. 25 March 1827, Indiana, to William R. and Mary (Steers) Denny
d. 12 October 1919, Bloomfield, Davis County, Iowa

James and Mary Margaret had no children. James moved to Davis County, Iowa, in 1851 and settled down to farming in 1854. He resided on his Iowa farm until his death. It comprised 100 acres of improved land and an orchard of 100 trees. He was a member of the M.E. Church and in politics, he was a Greenbacker.

Submitted by:
Harold L. Dawe
Arvada CO
E-mail: hdawe@mho.com

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Thomas Swiney

Thomas Swiney
b. 24 Mar 1787 at Kentucky (probably Bath County) to John Swiney and Jennet [–?–]
d. 10 Jan 1869 at White River Twp., Johnson Co., IN
bur. Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Greenwood, Johnson Co., IN

Thomas Swiney gravestone

Thomas Swiney gravestone

m. 16 Jun 1812 at Kentucky (Bath or Fleming Co.)
Elizabeth Wishard
b. 26 Sept 1783 Fayette County, PA to William Henry Wishart/Wishard and Susannah (Susan) Elizabeth Lytle
d. 31 Aug 1844 at White River Twp., Johnson Co., IN
bur. at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Greenwood, Johnson Co., IN

Children with Elizabeth Wishard:

  • Susan Lytle Swiney (26 Sept 1814-28 Mar 1856)
  • Jennet W. Swiney (13 Apr 1815-10 Jul 1847) m. Robert Smith, 24 Jan 1839
  • Nancy Swiney (1817-11 Jan 1906) m. Robert Smith on 16 Apr 1850
  • Elizabeth Frances Swiney (11 Nov 1822-22 Feb 1914) m. James Lawrence Robinson, 9 Jan 1850
  • John Swiney (1823-12 Nov 1909) m. Hepsey Ann Denny, 2 Jul 1857
  • Syntha (Synthia) Ann Swiney (1825-??) m. George W. Smith, 6 Oct 1846

Thomas was a farmer. According to information in the Wishard genealogy book, the Wishards and the Thomas Swiney families moved to the newly-formed free state of Indiana to escape the issues related to slavery that existed in the slave state of Kentucky.

Submitted by:
Debra (Swiney) Schouten
Winter Haven, FL

Zara Judson Wisner

Zara Judson Wisner
b. 7 February 1825
d. 27 November 1902, Iola, Allen County, Kansas

m. 24 February 1850, Rush County, Indiana
Nancy “Mary Ann” Davis
b. 5 August 1831, Rush County, Indiana, to William S. and Nancy Jane (Zumwalt) Davis
d. 18 November 1913, Allen County, Kansas

Children with Nancy Davis:

  • Cynthia Drusilla (1850-1926) married John Wright
  • Judson Eugene (1851-1869)
  • Alice Mornelva (1852-1939) married Lewis Edmundson
  • Kansas Lilly (b. 1862) married Charles Denny
  • Ruby Ordelia (b. 1870) married Will Green
  • Carl Angelo (1874-1935) married Bertha Knopp

Zara, a schoolteacher in Rush County, Indiana, in 1850, and Nancy emigrated in 1854 to Webster County, Iowa. At the request of her children in 1900, Nancy (Davis) Wisner wrote the following narrative concerning her family’s emigration from Indiana:

“…Then we struck out for the state of Iowa. We wanted to go to Kansas but were afraid it would be a slave state, so we started to far-off Iowa, which seemed further away than California does now. One of our horses, unfortunately for us, died, and the other one became lame, so we had to trade her off for another one. All this happened while we were not more than one hundred miles from home.”

“We crossed the Wabash River near Terre Haute, crossed the Illinois River at Beardstown, then passed through Springfield, Illinois, then crossed the Mississippi at Keokuk, Iowa, and then reached our destination in about three weeks from the time we started. We bought land on the Skunk River, five miles north of Des Moines, in Webster County.”

“We then had three young children, the youngest being about one year old. There was no house on the land, but there was a crop of sod corn on part of it and plenty of vegetables. We sold $25 worth of sod corn. There was an old stable, in which horses had been kept all summer. We cleaned it out pretty thoroughly and dug it out with a hoe. It was just logs laid up and had a roof on it. We put poles across the logs, and that was our bedstead. We cooked outdoors.”

The narrative continues in a most interesting and informative manner.

Submitted by:
Jean W. Cobb
Lynchburg VA